July 3, 2020
Overview: Our Virtual Introduction to Residence at Hopewell
Those contemplating a stay at Hopewell are commonly facing a crisis. We know this very well. In turn we have designed a pathway to entering Hopewell--our "virtual introduction program"--that provides both direct and immediate support with measures to keep our current residents safe.
Our virtual introduction to Hopewell initiates our clinical relationship with a prospective resident, introduces and orients them to Hopewell, and protects our current residents by requiring most prospective residents to be isolated from others for 14 days before they can enter our residential community.
We have developed creative alternatives for prospective residents for whom our standard quarantine approach seems too difficult. Such alternatives have included options for those directly admitting to Hopewell from hospitals, for those quarantining in homes shared with others not in quarantine, and for those who cannot quarantine from within easy non-stop driving distance.
Involvement in Virtual Hopewell Programming
The prospective resident will engage in online telehealth for clinical and orientation programming. This will help them make progress on the goals that bring them to Hopewell, speed their transition into our community once they are in residence, and help manage the stresses of being in quarantine.
The purpose of quarantine is to protect our current residents through most prospective residents isolating themselves from other people for 14 days. The quarantine will take place in a location within an easy nonstop driving distance of Hopewell.
Prospective residents will commonly be accompanied by one family member or other support person during the first part, or all, of their quarantine. If so accompanied, this second person while present must share the quarantine and all of its requirements with the prospective resident.
The prospective resident and accompanying person will arrive at their quarantine location with what the prospective resident will need while in residence at Hopewell, and also with fourteen days’ worth of quarantine supplies, including all needed food, drink, clothes, medications, linens, etc., that they may require during their quarantine. They must also bring a thermometer and a device which can handle the audio and video needs for telehealth.
Location of Quarantine
A quarantine location must be mutually agreed to by Hopewell and the prospective resident/prospective resident family. It could include
- The Depot, a two bedroom apartment on Hopewell property, if space is available.
- Accommodations arranged by the prospective resident—e.g. a rented home—within an easy non-stop drive from Hopewell.
- The prospective resident’s home, or other private property available to the prospective resident, if within an easy non-stop drive from Hopewell.
In working with prospective residents, their families, and professional referral sources, we have found together many creative solutions to quarantine challenges that at first appeared impossible to overcome.
Testing Before/During Quarantine
If testing is available to them locally, all prospective residents should have a completed RT-PCR test (e.g. “nasal swab” test, or FDA approved alternative test) for active COVID-19 infection reported to us prior to beginning their quarantine.
Whether or not such testing is not locally available, prospective residents agree to participate in any COVID-19 testing deemed appropriate by Hopewell during their quarantine.
Successfully Transitioning from Quarantine to Hopewell
Completing the quarantine means complying with all the requirements of the quarantine, being symptom free the entire period, and actively participating in clinical and orientation activities while in quarantine.
Upon successful completion of the quarantine, the prospective resident will begin in our residential program.Back to Blog